Colonel David Brierton presents Marsha Cochran
with the Civilian Employee of the Quarter award.
Congratulations on being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol’s Civilian Employee of the Quarter from January through March 2011.
Marsha Cochran is an integral part of the Office of Strategic Services. Part of the duties of the office is to manage the Patrol’s hireback programs. Hireback programs are projects created by mutual agreement between the Patrol and other government entities that compensate members for performing specified law enforcement duties outside their regular duty hours. Cochran oversees the FHP’s hireback contracts, which includes reviewing for accuracy all hireback forms submitted by field personnel, initiating corrective action for errors and preparing payroll forms. This requires her to maintain constant contact with hireback coordinators, troop commanders, agency payroll and accounting personnel to ensure that the Division is reimbursed in a timely manner.
During the first quarter of the year, Cochran worked tirelessly with agency personnel to create an Electronic Hireback Reporting System to reduce errors, eliminate postage costs and provide a much more efficient method for reporting and tracking hireback. She also coordinated FHP’s Bullet-Proof Vest grant that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars reimbursed to the agency for the purchase of new or replacement vests. The grant, funded through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by the Department of Justice, reimburses FHP for half of the funds spent to purchase vests for members.
Cochran interacts with members within and outside the Patrol and shows a willingness to proactively accept additional responsibilities to ensure the Patrol fulfills its contractual obligations. Her actions help better the Florida Highway Patrol and the community.